Billie Piper felt ‘really uncomfortable’ during Doctor Who role prompting her to quit show

Billie Piper, 38, has revealed how she felt “really uncomfortable” while starring in BBC’s Doctor Who, alongside stars including Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Noel Clarke and John Barrowman. The I Hate Suzie actress spoke out as she addressed the reason behind why she had left the show back in 2006.

I think that played into it

Billie Piper

The actress starred as Rose Tyler in the sci-fi series when it was rebooted between 2005 and 2006. 

She came back to the show in 2008, 2010 and 2013, but she “didn’t like the responsibility” that came with the role. 

Speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the singer and actress said she “didn’t know that it would be successful”.

She explained: “It made me really famous again in that sort of mainstream fame way that I find really uncomfortable.”

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Billie Piper felt ‘really uncomfortable’ during Doctor Who role prompting her to quit show

Billie Piper, 38, has revealed how she felt “really uncomfortable” while starring in Doctor Who (Image: BBC/GETTY)

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Billie Piper spoke out as she addressed the reason behind why she had left the show back in 2006 (Image: GETTY)

Opening up on why she had left it 15 years ago, Billie added: ‘I think that played into it but also I was just at the beginning of my acting career.

 “As much as I love that show, I love Rose Tyler, Russell T Davies and all the people that I continue to have a relationship with.

“I wanted to do different stuff. I didn’t like the responsibility of being a sort of role model.”

Following a career as a pop artist during the late 90s while still a teenager, Billie landed the role of Rose after the BBC decided to reboot the successful Doctor Who series with Christopher in the titular role followed by David.

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Billie Piper was only 18-years-old when she tied the knot in Las Vegas with the “slightly older” Virgin Radio DJ back in 2001 (Image: GETTY)

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Billie Piper later went on to marry and divorce actor Laurence Fox but has often remained tight-lipped on her relationships (Image: GETTY)

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Billie was initially “very excited” over being in the series as it meant she could prove she was not just a “burnt-out child star”.

“I was doing what I felt I was born to do on some level. It was a very exciting and satisfying time because it was hard to get an acting job with my history as first, a pop star, and then this sort of burnt-out child star which is how I think I was painted – certainly through the years I was with Chris [Evans].

 “And actually I’ve had to do that until quite recently, to sort of shift people’s perception which is really annoying and completely unhelpful but anyway, we’re almost there now, 20 years later,” she added.

The former pop star was only 18-years-old when she tied the knot in Las Vegas with the “slightly older” Virgin Radio DJ back in 2001.

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The couple were in a relationship together for six years before calling it quits in 2007.

Billie later went on to marry and divorce actor Laurence Fox but has often remained tight-lipped on her relationships.

On a recent episode of David Tennant Does A Podcast, the former Doctor Who colleagues discussed her historic love affair with the Top Gear presenter. 

After speaking on their career together, Scottish actor David quizzed Billie about the public reaction to her marriage to the radio DJ.

He asked: “You had this whirlwind marriage to Chris Evans who was, and is, a famous television and radio personality. The two of you sort of dropped out of life, didn’t you?

“It was like tabloid catnip. They couldn’t believe that this young girl and this slightly older man could really be having this wonderful time. But for you, it was a purely positive experience,” he added.

Billie who has recently starred in the smash hit Sky Drama I Hate Suzie recalled the pair’s “amazing” and “reckless” romance.

She replied: “We had a really amazing time together, you know? I imagine it’s what your uni years feel like. Sort of reckless, but you’re learning a lot. It was an incredible time and not to undermine our relationship because we also had a very loving relationship.”

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